Bachelor Pad: Outside Edition
Surfacedesign Inc. creates a groovy garden for a single guy.
By Susan Hines
Courtesy of Reuben Cox
When Mark Erman bought his San Francisco apartment it was
carefully staged for sale, and he didn’t really notice the backyard. By the
time he moved in and focused on it, the grass had withered and the fountain had
become a bathing spot for the local raccoon population.
“I thought I should have it replanted,” says Erman, who was
in his early 30s at the time. But an artist friend suggested he talk to James
Lord, ASLA, who had just started his own firm, Surfacedesign Inc., with
partners Roderick R. Wyllie and Geoff di Girolamo. “They really got me,” Erman
says. “I don’t know if it was looking around my place or if they could just read
me. They showed me two drawings, and this very simple geometric concept made
sense to me.”
A young client teams with a freshly minted firm and a 2007
ASLA Residential Honor Award winner is created on a budget of less than
$70,000. It’s rather unheard of, and in October, Landscape Architecture paid a visit.
…To read the entire article, subscribe to LAM!
What's New |
LAND | Annual
Product Profiles & Directory